Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) Salaries, Allowances and Benefits [New 2023 Update]

KDF soldiers Salaries In Kenya

The Ministry of Defence has announced new recruitments into Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in August and September 2023.

KDF is seeking to hire General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets (Regular and Graduate degree holders), Specialist Officers, General Duty Recruits, Tradesmen/women, and Defence Forces Constables among others.

The Kenya Defence Forces comprises of the Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force and Kenya Navy.

How much do the KDF make per month in Kenya today?.

If you are thinking of joining the army in Kenya KDF, then here is how much you can expect to be making as a KDF in different categories.

In Kenya, KDF officers not only make a monthly income from the government but they all also enjoy benefits that comes with being part of the Kenya Defense Force.

KDF salaries in Kenya depend highly on certain factors such as the rank, the number years one has been in service and other related factors.

Chief of Defence Forces is the highest paid officer in KDF rank making a monthly salary of around Ksh. 1.2 Million while the lowest paid KDF soldiers are the new recruits who make around 25,000 Kenyan shillings.

With that being said, below is the salaries for KDF soldiers with respect to their rank in the service.

KDF Salaries In Kenya By Rank:

  1. New Recruits – KES 7,000 to 25,000 per month.
  2. Private – KES 19,900 to 30,000 per month.
  3. Lance Corporals – KES 26,500 to 50,000 per month.
  4. Corporal – KES 32,250 to 70,000 per month.
  5. Captain – KES 73,182 to 110,000 per month.
  6. Major – KES 102,106 to 150,000 per month.
  7. Lieutenant Colonel – KES 130,735 to 180,000 per month.
  8. Colonel – KES 153,317 to 300,000 per month.
  9. Lieutenant General – KES 632,984 to 800,000 per month.
  10. Chief of Defence Forces – KES 894,897 to 1.2 million per month.
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Kenya Military Ranks In Order:

Below are the military ranks in Kenya from lowest to highest:

2 Brigade

4 Brigade

6 Brigade

8 Brigade

Ranger Brigade

Kenyan Army Artillery Brigade

Kenyan Army Armored Brigade

Kenyan Army Engineers Brigade

Kenyan Army Corp of Signals Brigade

Kenya Army Ordnance Corps

Kenya Army Corps of Transport (KACT)

Kenya Army Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (KACEME)

Military Police Corps (MPC)

Kenya Army Medical Corps

Kenya Army Corps of Education (KACE)

Defence Forces Constabulary (DFC)

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